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“Rap a Tap Tap: here’s Bojangles, Think of That” by Leo and Diane Dillon. I have used this for years with K-2. On the left page is a sentence about Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, and on the right is a refrain, which I have the kids sing and of which they play the rhythm.

“Charlie Parker Plays Bee-Bop” by Chris Raschka Excellent book for when you’re teaching Jazz. This book does not have repeated phrases, however there’s only one line per page and each is very similar. I chant each phrase and have the kids echo me. Used this up to Grade 4; the next year the kids remembered it and requested it.

That’s all I can think of off the top of my head. I’ll check my cabinet tomorrow morning; I’m sure there are more.